What Americans Build and Why examines five areas of Americans' built environment: houses, healthcare facilities, schools, workplaces, and shopping environments. Synthesizing information from both academic journals and the popular press, the book looks at the relationships of size and scale to the way Americans live their lives and how their way of life is fundamentally shaped by the highway system, cheap land, and incentives. This book is timely because although Americans say they crave community, they continue to construct buildings, such as McMansions and big box stores, that make creating community a challenge. Furthermore, in many ways the movement toward teleworking, discussed in the chapter on office environments, also challenges the traditional place-based formation of community. Although focused on the United States, the book also includes reference to other parts of the world, especially regarding the retail environment.Read more
- Synthesis of academic and popular sources
- Reader-friendly language includes personal reflection and anecdotes to highlight major points
- Interviews with experts in the field highlight the perspectives of those who apply rather than create the research
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- Date Published: July 2010
- format: Adobe eBook Reader
- isbn: 9780511784217
- contains: 25 b/w illus.
- availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
Table of Contents
1. The landscape of housing: suburbia, new urbanism, and McMansions
2. The landscape of health care: high tech and humanistic
3. The landscape of schools: big schools, small schools
4. The landscape of work: visible or virtual?
5. The landscape of retail: big box and main street
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